Baker Beach#7 in Best Things To Do in San Francisco
While San Francisco isn't known for being a beach town, the city's Baker Beach is often considered one of the best in California. Located in the northwestern area of San Francisco in the Presidio, Baker Beach is primarily known for its sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the neighboring Marin Headlands. The mile-long beach offers travelers plenty of room to spread their legs and features picnic areas and access to nearby Presidio trails. Travelers flock here to snap photos of the bridge, however, if you're looking to catch some rays or get your feet wet, you should go elsewhere: Swimming at Baker Beach is dangerous thanks to large waves, undertow and rip currents, and the city's fickle weather means it's not always warm enough for sunbathing.
Travelers strongly recommend bringing an extra layer, no matter what time of year you visit. Reviewers also stress that those traveling with families should stick to the south side of the beach: North Baker Beach is clothing optional, and it's definitely practiced.
Baker Beach is free to visit and can be reached via public transportation, but it's not as easy as hopping on and off the Muni Metro. The 38-Geary bus leaves from Market Street and can take you close to Baker Beach. Hop off at the Geary Boulevard & 25th Avenue stop then walk about a mile north. If you choose to drive, you'll find parking lots available. The beach is open all hours of the day, though considering the dangerous tide, it's not recommended to visit at night. For more information about Baker Beach, visit the National Park Service's website.
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